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The morning after a great storm, a woman arrives in a remote Cornish village.

But Charlie, as she now calls herself, steers clear of the locals and keeps a low profile - because she has a terrible secret. 

Recently released from prison after providing a false alibi for the man she loved, Charlie wants to move on and start afresh. But someone is watching her, determined that she will never get that second chance.


Not everyone believes in second chances.

Perfect for fans of Clare Mackintosh, Alex Michaelides and Harriet Tyce

Safe House


Inspiration behind Safe House

I read an article about a woman who went to prison for giving a false alibi for a murderer. She was hated almost as much as the killer was. She'd got married after her release and the fury in the article (and the below the line comments) was clear. How was she allowed her happily ever after when the victims would never get that chance? It made me question whether people have ever really 'paid the price' for past mistakes. And whether we ever really forgave them.


The setting

When I wrote Safe House I was still in Derbyshire dreaming of Cornwall. The village in the book is based loosely on where my husband's family lived (MANY generations ago) It's completely cut off in bad weather and at the mercy of the environment. When we visited it to look at family headstones in the graveyard I thought it would be the perfect place to hide away from the world. About ten minutes later after being questioned by locals I realised it was exactly the opposite - there's nothing like moving into a remote village to raise suspicions!


Reaction to Safe House

'You'll be gripped' - Heat


'A queasily unsettling thriller is suffused with menace' - Sunday Mirror

'An excellent, page-turning psychological suspense novel with a great plot and an engaging protagonist!'  - Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl

'I was absolutely gripped by this tale of secrets, lies, and the impossibility of running away from your past. I struggled to put this book down. Fantastic!' - Luca Veste, author of The Bone Keeper

I bleeping loved this book!
Not the most verbose of reviews, I realise, but for me, this story is unputdownable.
As Charlie’s story is revealed via past and present (or, present and past), I found myself walking a tightrope of tension as I held my breath waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Vine reviewer

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